By Correne Martin
The proposed 2015 budget for the city of Prairie du Chien calls for a 1.5 percent increase in expenditures and a 0.75 percent increase in the levy. The common council reviewed the suggested budget Tuesday night and set a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., at which time citizens will have the opportunity to comment or ask questions.
According to City Administrator Aaron Kramer, the final numbers for the lottery, first dollar and school credits were not in as of Tuesday night, but based on the tentative numbers, the city portion of the tax bill on a $100,000 property would go up 52 cents.
“This is a pretty flat budget compared to what we did last year,” Kramer stated.
One specific aspect of the budget discussed at length Tuesday night was proposed funding for PdC Main Street, the new organization working to continue the efforts of the disbanded Prairie du Chien Downtown Revitalization Inc. (PDRI).